Hasu Patel, a disciple of sitar legend Ustad Vilayat Khan Sahib, is one of the few world-class female musicians performing on sitar, the most popular string instrument of India. As a performer, composer, and educator, she has dedicated her life to preserving and propagating the traditional music of ancient India in its pristine purity.
It is her vision to instill this ancient art of music to children who may carry this to the next generation and keep this music alive for centuries to come.
Her playing on sitar replicates the fluidity and subtle nuances of the human voice. Her CD Gayaki Sitar has been called a "transcendental experience."
She is a performing artist in the presenting/ touring program for the Ohio Arts Council, Mid-Atlantic Art Alliance, a board member of the International Alliance of Women in Music, and a member of The Children's Music Network. She conducts workshops - lecture and demonstrations, and performs raga sangeet for schools and universities, performing arts centers, music conferences, classical dance performances, radio, television, churches, temples, meditation centers, and music festivals. Her concerts captivated audiences at Woodstock Music Festival, the Chicago Jazz Festival, and Rheinberger Chamber Hall of the Cleveland Orchestra. She was invited to perform sitar concert and music workshops at the 2008 Beijing International Congress on Women in Music at the Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China.
In 2008, she composed and performed her world premiere of Sitar Concertos based on Indian Classical ragas with Doctors Orchestra of Houston, Texas and the Orchestra of Canton, Michigan. This unique milestone made history in the world of western orchestral music. Currently, the music of Sitar Concertos is being played on many National Public Radio stations across the US and Canada.
Shiva's Dance International of Cleveland, OH recognized Hasu with an award of excellence for her outstanding contribution to the performing arts and public service. In March 2008, she was honored at the 8th Annual Women Composers' Festival of Hartford as one of the "Women of the World - International Guest Composers." In January 2009, the NRI (Non Resident Indians) Welfare Society of India honored her with the prestigious "Hind Rattan Award" for her outstanding services, achievements, and contributions in the field of music.
She teaches the classical music of India on sitar, tabla and vocal music to area students at her Sursangam School of Music and also at Oberlin College. She goes to India to teach music to Orphan children. She holds music degrees with honors and awards.
For more than a decade, she has performed the Music of India in many greater Columbus and Cleveland school districts.
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